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Friday, November 18, 2016

New Beer Friday, 1792 Single Barrel Edition (Nov 18)

Preamble by John Barecki

This holiday season, we here at Siciliano's Market have decided to do something special for our customers. We have purchased a whole barrel's worth of 1792, the flagship bourbon from The Barton Distillery down in Bardstown, Kentucky.

This is a pretty cool opportunity for us to have something that is uniquely our own, being that it is a single-barrel bourbon that does not share its eccentricities with another. Most of your typical bourbons on the shelf (unless specified) will be a blend of several barrels from different years which contain the right flavors and aromas to create a continuity within a finished whiskey, thus pleasing the customer every time. Single-barrel releases differ because, as the name implies, they come from only one source and feature a whole cacophony of flavors and aromas distinct to that barrel.

The bourbon inside the bottle, for those that have not tried the regular small-batch release of 1792, is made from a high rye mash, which imparts a spicy, earthy and fruity quality to the whiskey. In the time it spends in the barrel, it pulls flavors of toffee, vanilla, butterscotch and caramel among others. These are all backed up with a big bodied mouthfeel and long finish. It is quite a lovely bourbon.

We have also gone with a higher bottling strength of 98.6 proof, which concentrates the flavor and aroma a bit more than the 93.75 proof of the small batch, which is still quite good. Most bourbon distilleries rarely have a single-barrel product on the shelf all the time (outside of a couple) and they are usually snatched up quickly. This is a fun gift or collectable for the whiskey lovers out there that like out-of-the-ordinary releases.

We have been notified that our barrel has been bottled and we are gleefully awaiting the new addition to our whiskey collection. We will hopefully have it in store in a few weeks if not sooner. It will be priced at $53.99 and will come with a sticker of authenticity with the Siciliano's name on it. The 1792 small batch bourbon is one of our top sellers and is usually available if you want to experience the original before delving into one of the single-barrel bottlings. 

New and Returning Beer

  • Prairie Christmas Bomb, $9.59/12oz (1 per) - "Christmas Bomb! will bring you great comfort and joy in this dark and roasty brew. You’ll find the coffee, ancho chilies, vanilla, and cacao nibs you know and love, but they brought a friend this time. The addition of cinnamon warms this brew evoking the seasonal spirit of spice and cheer" (source).
  • Libertine Pacific Ocean Blue Gose, $19.99/750ml - "Morro Bay ocean, inspired by Dennis Wilson album by the same name" (source).
  • Mikkeller Rauch Pils, $4.79/12oz - "Doesn’t take much to figure out what’s going on here. Mikkeller’s Rauchpils is a smokey pilsner of a beer. Brewed at De Proef, in Lochristi-Hufte, Belgium" (source).
  • To Øl Pineapple Express, $11.39/500ml - "Stout brewed with Pineapples & Coffee" (source).
  • To Øl Kaffe og Rog, $6.49/12oz - No commercial description.
  • Dieu du Ciel Chemin de Croix, $4.99/12oz - "Chemin de Croix’s rich roasted and chocolate flavours, made evident by its dark mocha colour, are accompanied by fruity esters resulting from the yeast. A resinous bitterness contributes to the overall dryness. Brown malt – rather than roasted malt – invokes the typical signature of the first Porters, often generously hopped for exportation to India" (source).
  • Arbor Brewing Faricy Stout, $1.89/12oz - "This crowd-pleaser has a dark coffee-like appearance with a creamy head and smoky, roasted grain aromas. It is rich and creamy on the palate with chalky, burnt flavors balanced by lush dark chocolates and never turns too dry through the smoky finish. Full-flavored yet highly drinkable—rich and creamy without being thick or heavy" (source).
  • Brewery Vivant Tart Side of the Moon, $4.29/16oz - "One of our most anticipated and highly talked about specialty releases, This hearty dark ale is fermented with our rustic Belgian yeast strain which gives the beer a farmhouse tartness followed by big dark chocolate notes, and hints of black cherries. Fermentation temperatures often climb past 90F which builds the distinctive flavors. No adjuncts are added to this beer-- these robust layers of flavor are yeast driven. Listen to the lunatic" (source).
  • Saugatuck Reverent Monk, $1.79/12oz - "A traditional Belgian Tripel with complex flavors of clove, banana, and spicy esters. Deep yellow in color and medium bodied with a sweet finish" (source).
  • Stone Double Bastard In the Rye, $18.99/500ml (1 per) - "Much like the lacerative muther of a beer that is Double Bastard Ale, rye whiskey is not for everyone. Not remotely. Most are not emotionally or otherwise equipped to appreciate its unbridled intensity. So to sequester Double Bastard Ale in rye whiskey barrels is to conceive an experience that no doubt will be treasured by only a select few. It takes a special breed of exceptional depth to thrive under such demanding conditions and emerge with such stunning vibrancy. Something this sublime should never be squandered, however. Those plagued by even a smidge of self-doubt should look elsewhere. This rare treasure is strictly for those possessing the capacity to appreciate what many just like me" (source).
  • Roak Chestnut Porter, $1.99/12oz - "Chestnut Maple Porter" (source).
  • Breckenridge Christmas, $1.99/12oz - "The chill of a Colorado high-country winter calls for a beer with extra flavor and strength. Here it is. At over 7% alcohol, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate, our holiday seasonal is the fermented equivalent of a good fire" (source).
  • Shmaltz Shtick Pack, $22.89/12pk - A variety 12 pack that includes Messiah Nut Brown, Hanukkah Beer, Slingshot American Craft Lager and Hop Manna IPA.
  • Oddside Chokolat Koffie, $2.29/12oz - "" (source).
  • Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo, $2.89/12oz - "A spruce-infused pale ale, Pennsylvania Tuxedo pays homage to the flannel-suited hunters and gatherers who dwell deep in the backcountry of north-central PA" (source).

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